Friday, October 26, 2012

Book Review: A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs


A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella

A sweet Christmas story about forgiveness and reconciliation, A Wreath of Snow was a thoroughly enjoyable read.  In this novella set in Scotland in the late 1800s, Meg is a schoolteacher, on her way home to Edinburg after being driven from her parents' house on Christmas Eve by her brother's bitterness.  Gordon is a man running from a past mistake that haunts him, wishing only that he could make it right.  A train accident and a long night in the snow draw the two of them together in unforeseen ways.  I found myself cheering them on, urging them to see past one another's flaws to the possibilities that could be.
Ms. Higgs reminds us in this book that Christmas is the perfect time to put away past quarrels and reach out in love and forgiveness.  A surprise twist brings this book to a perfect happy ending and proves that sometimes forgiveness offered to another is he best gift we can give to ourselves.

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